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Subject: Twinkling Stars
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: shoaib-ga
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Posted: 24 Sep 2006 23:05 PDT
Expires: 24 Oct 2006 23:05 PDT
Question ID: 768144
I want to mention that there are places on this Earth planet where
people can see "splash of Stars" in the sky at night for example
Kashmir state(paradise on Earth) so therefore provide to me any best
photos of splash of stars seen at the night sky. Note : By splash of
stars above I mean that night sky  should be "full of glittering and
twinkling stars".
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Subject: Re: Twinkling Stars
From: cynthia-ga on 25 Sep 2006 02:18 PDT

I think the best images are from the Hubble Space Telescope:

A Sky Full Of Glittering Jewels
Full size image:

These were very cool and I thought you might enjoy them:

Stargazing For Everyone
These folks will bring the stars to You!

Subject: Re: Twinkling Stars
From: elids-ga on 25 Sep 2006 08:27 PDT
I believe he wants to see a stary sky as seen from earth, a sky that
is out of the ordinary. Almost any desert will provide that view,
specially on moonless nights, the lack of humidity and cold nights
create the ideal conditions necessary for this.

Although I did not find pictures of this, remember that capturing
stars on film unaided is almost impossible, you need time exposure and
because of that beautiful pictures of stary skies are uncommon.
Although you can get them with time exposure they do not represent
what you see with the naked eye (ussually they are better, you get
better results by adding more time).

Here is a view that is rather uncommon, what is known as 'la Luna de
Paita' or 'the Moon of Paita' Paita is a town on the Peruvian northern
dessert, the dessert climate, the lattitude and the moisture of the
Humbolt current conspire to create this very famous illusion, this IS
NOT a digitally enhanced picture, this is a natural phenomena.
Subject: Re: Twinkling Stars
From: shoaib-ga on 26 Sep 2006 19:50 PDT
Cynthia commenter thanks for your above help but I also want to know
that splash of stars full of glittering and twinkling stars seen at
the night sky  can also be seen with the 'naked eye' anywhere on the
Earth planet in the night sky ?? Cynthia commenter thanks for your
above help from Shoaib.
Subject: Re: Twinkling Stars
From: cynthia-ga on 26 Sep 2006 23:06 PDT

You need to travel for it, but luckily --not as far as one might
think. The answer to your question is ...the best place in the world
to gaze at stars and see very bright twinkling --is anywhere there is
a really dark sky. To locate a really dark sky, you need open
wilderness, far far away from any city and "light pollution" :


What is the best place in the world for star watching?
When it comes to a more casual brand of stargazing, the rule of thumb
is the further you are removed from light pollution, the better.
Street and city lights create a haze in the sky that diminishes the
brilliance of the stars. Venture to the middle of desert or a remote
island, and stars appear much brighter to the naked eye. Depending on
where you live in the world, your best bet is to head for the country.

Here's how you can locate dark skies near you:

Dark Sky Finder?A Web Tool for Stargazing

What Is Star Gazer?  (Podcast and streaming video available)
..." "Star Gazer" is the world's only weekly television series on
naked eye astronomy..."


Welcome to Heavens-Above

Naked Eye Stargazing, Learning the Sky

Astronomy Without a Telescope

Discover the Stars: Starwatching Using the Naked Eye, Binoculars, or a Telescope
Subject: Re: Twinkling Stars
From: jim_spinner-ga on 04 Oct 2006 08:39 PDT
Perhaps you are asking about the Milky Way. This is the view of our
own galaxy from inside. It can be truly spectacular from a dark site.
Subject: Re: Twinkling Stars
From: myoarin-ga on 04 Oct 2006 10:51 PDT
Hi Shoaib,
I didn't check all the links posted, but here are a couple of
explanations of twinkling stars.  The first one seems to be couple of
photos that demonstrate the twinkling.   (Well, it did the first time
I opened the site.)

Now, why do there seem to be places where seeing twinkling stars is more common?
Kashmir is a good example:  clean air and little ambient light at
night, so one can see many many more stars than most of us city
dwellers see  - and when do we spend enough time out in the dark (real
dark with NO lights anywhere within miles) for our eyes to really
become adjusted to the dark?
Most of us most places only see the brightest stars, not the sky full
of stars that one can see in Kashmir or on the Big Sur coast of
California.  When you happen upon such a place on a moonless night,
it's "WOW! a "splash of Stars".
the heaven is full of them!
My eight or nine year-old son's first remark when I got him out of the
mobilehome on the Big Sur to see them was an awed:  "Who made them?"
Kind of lets one understand why earlier people had religious feelings
about the sky/heaven.

When we see a handful of stars in the sky, we don't spend enough time
looking to experience their twinkling.  But when the sky is full of
them to see, the effect described in the websites seems to make them
twinkle since there are so many to be seen at once that one notices
the twinkling.

Regards, Myoarin

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